Government Support for Independent Renewable Energy Projects Dips, Halting Progress

Independent Renewable Energy Projects.jpgA drop in government subsidies for renewable energy projects has resulted in the lowest level of growth in this area in years. These small-scale projects, owned by farmers, land-owners and communities have proved to be a powerful resource for energy generation. Currently, these projects generate almost 10% of the UK’s energy mix and are capable of powering well over eight million homes.

 

Thanks to the growth in this sector, the UK saw its greenest year ever in 2017. The UK went several days without using coal power – a first since the industrial revolution. This shows the impact of investment in solid renewable energy projects.

 

Yet, in 2017, £227 million was spent on independent renewable energy projects – this compared with £280 million in the previous year and a staggering £418 million in 2014. This steep decline in support for these projects comes in the wake of the government’s decision to end feed-in tariffs. This was a scheme that aimed to support the development of small-scale renewable energy generation.

 

The scheme enabled those hoping to build a renewable energy source, such as a wind turbine or solar array, to rely on payments from energy companies for electricity generation. The feed-in tariff scheme is set to end in March 2019 and the government has not announced a review date.

 

Last year, the government also announced the closure of the Renewable Obligation Scheme for new projects. This scheme encouraged generation of energy from renewable sources by making sure energy companies were acquiring a proportion of their electricity from renewable energy sources.

 

The Vice President of Renewables at Smartest Energy explained: “The reduction in subsidies has inevitably slowed growth in the independent generation sector but these latest figures underline the significant role energy entrepreneurs continue to play as the UK shifts to a decentralised, decarbonised and digitised energy system.”

 

Unfortunately, due to the shift in the financial landscape, the prediction for the future is that new renewable energy projects that can operate subsidy-free will be the exception, not the norm.

 

However, Robertson also noted that the number of future projects will most likely pick up again. Aurora Energy Research produced a report that forecasts a large number of subsidy-free projects being built by 2030. The report highlighted the importance of improving battery storage of electricity, saying it could lead to £20 billion in UK investment in the next 12 years.

 

Dr. Jonathan Marshall, head of analysis at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, explained that while we still see growth in independent renewables, we can be satisfied that the health of the sector is good. He said that despite the drop in government support, independent investment shows that the industry powers that be want to push on with the development of the sector.

 

Marshall went on to say: “Following the recent announcement that the UK carbon targets could be tightened later this year, measures that curtail the generation of low-carbon power seem out of step with our long term goals. Without a cheap and clean power supply, plans to cut carbon from heating and transport are likely to be harder to achieve, and risk undermining claims of climate leadership that British ministers have been making on both the domestic and global stage.”

 

A spokesperson for the government department for energy has attempted to reassure by saying that the team will be reconsidering how best to support small-scale energy projects after the 2019 expiration date.

 

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Where in the UK Should I Do My Postgraduate Energy Studies?

If you want a career in the energy industry, the first thing you need to do is get yourself a qualification in energy. There are loads of universities in the UK that offer a range of different energy related postgraduate courses and not all of them require an undergraduate in energy – some are happy with engineering and other disciplines. Taking one of these courses will give you the skills and knowledge you need to enter your dream energy career straight after graduation.

 

Taking a Master’s degree is an excellent way to make your CV shine and get you noticed when it comes to recruitment. It puts you ahead of people with just a Bachelor’s degree and allows you to become more specialised in an area you find interesting.

 

If you are thinking about studying an energy Master’s degree in the UK, here are some great courses at some of the best universities in the country for you to consider.  

 

Electrical Power Systems Engineering, University of Manchester

 

This taught Master’s course is ideal for those with an interest in the electricity sector. The programme runs full-time over one year, or part-time over the course of two years. Students will learn about the latest developments in the electricity industry as well as electrical power system plants, and advanced power system analysis. The course begins with a review of the fundamentals of power systems and goes from there, offering a challenging and stimulating year or two for its students.

 

Energy Technologies, University of Cambridge

 

Shine bright among the best at the University of Cambridge on this incredibly detailed and fascinating Master’s programme. The course will teach its students how to come up with solutions to the world’s energy problems. They learn about the science behind the technologies used in areas such as energy utilisation and electricity generation. The degree also gives students an overview of energy engineering, which is an essential component to understanding the current energy technologies.

 

Energy Demand Studies, UCL

 

The website for this particular Master’s course explains that the degree is one of a kind in the UK. Throughout the programme, students will look at the importance of the energy demand as well as the economic and political implications of nations that export and import energy. There is also a heavy focus on research as well as an overview of energy theory. By the end, students feel like they have a well rounded understanding of the energy sector.

 

Sustainable Energy Technologies, University of Warwick

 

The world is becoming increasingly aware of the importance of sustainable energy and it is more important than ever that we have professionals who have a deep understanding of the issue. This course gives students a profound understanding of the technologies that underpin sustainable energy. Wind, solar and bioenergy are just a few of the sustainable energies studied on this programme. Students have four core modules they must complete, which include fuel cells and energy storage and renewable energy. They then have a choice of various optional modules, of which they are required to choose four.

 

 

Where in the UK Should I Do My Postgraduate Energy Studies?

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If you want a career in the energy industry, the first thing you need to do is get yourself a qualification in energy. There are loads of universities in the UK that offer a range of different energy related postgraduate courses and not all of them require an undergraduate in energy – some are happy with engineering and other disciplines. Taking one of these courses will give you the skills and knowledge you need to enter your dream energy career straight after graduation.

 

Taking a Master’s degree is an excellent way to make your CV shine and get you noticed when it comes to recruitment. It puts you ahead of people with just a Bachelor’s degree and allows you to become more specialised in an area you find interesting.

 

If you are thinking about studying an energy Master’s degree in the UK, here are some great courses at some of the best universities in the country for you to consider.  

 

Electrical Power Systems Engineering, University of Manchester

 

This taught Master’s course is ideal for those with an interest in the electricity sector. The programme runs full-time over one year, or part-time over the course of two years. Students will learn about the latest developments in the electricity industry as well as electrical power system plants, and advanced power system analysis. The course begins with a review of the fundamentals of power systems and goes from there, offering a challenging and stimulating year or two for its students.

 

Energy Technologies, University of Cambridge

 

Shine bright among the best at the University of Cambridge on this incredibly detailed and fascinating Master’s programme. The course will teach its students how to come up with solutions to the world’s energy problems. They learn about the science behind the technologies used in areas such as energy utilisation and electricity generation. The degree also gives students an overview of energy engineering, which is an essential component to understanding the current energy technologies.

 

Energy Demand Studies, UCL

 

The website for this particular Master’s course explains that the degree is one of a kind in the UK. Throughout the programme, students will look at the importance of the energy demand as well as the economic and political implications of nations that export and import energy. There is also a heavy focus on research as well as an overview of energy theory. By the end, students feel like they have a well rounded understanding of the energy sector.

 

Sustainable Energy Technologies, University of Warwick

 

The world is becoming increasingly aware of the importance of sustainable energy and it is more important than ever that we have professionals who have a deep understanding of the issue. This course gives students a profound understanding of the technologies that underpin sustainable energy. Wind, solar and bioenergy are just a few of the sustainable energies studied on this programme. Students have four core modules they must complete, which include fuel cells and energy storage and renewable energy. They then have a choice of various optional modules, of which they are required to choose four.

 

 

Who Created the GEC?

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The GEC was created by NRG Expert, a leading independent energy market research company. This puts those taking the qualification in a uniquely advantageous position. Not only can students of the GEC add to their CV with this accredited certification, but they are also able to take full advantage of the extensive knowledge of NRG Expert.

 

The GEC is one division of NRG Expert. It was designed by the company’s experts to enable people to develop their expertise in the energy sector and either break into or progress within this highly exciting and competitive industry. The course can be completed online and is taught using study guides produced entirely by NRG Expert. Its low fee and online format make the course accessible to virtually everyone, which is exactly what NRG Expert wanted, to share their passion for energy with anyone who is willing to listen!

 

Tell me more about NRG Expert

 

NRG Expert was set up by Melany Krangle, one of the founders of ABS Energy Research. When ABS closed down, Krangle struck out alone and founded NRG Expert. After 10 years with ABS, she knew exactly what she was doing and is now successfully managing NRG Expert. Now, NRG Expert provides information to its customers on virtually every aspect of the energy world. Topics covered include renewables, gas & oil, water & waste, electricity, nuclear and more.

 

The company produces databases and reports, which are then purchased by companies and play a key role in helping them develop their business strategies. The data compiled is high quality and reliable and this keeps customers coming back for more and more data year after year. Once the business has the database and research in its hands, it can then use the information to make important and potentially game-changing, decisions about their energy infrastructure and projects.

 

In addition to data and research about the global energy market, NRG Expert also produces forecasts to help companies predict what kind of shifts in the energy world they may need to look out for. All of this information is input into an online browser, which makes finding the exact piece of data you need incredibly easy. With hundreds of thousands of lines of data, the browser system is a real life-saver. Customers are also able to search through the data by country – with over 210 countries and overseas territories being accounted for by NRG Expert’s research.

 

Finally, NRG Expert is invested in its customers. It does not simply send you a report and wish you all the best. NRG Expert also offers its customers a consulting service. This means that the company will get to know your business intimately and work with you, hands-on, to develop business plans and increase energy efficiency. Whatever the project, there is bound to be someone in the team of experts who will have a specialised expertise in the area you need help with. What’s more, NRG Expert won’t take on the project and lure you in with a senior expert and then hand you over to a junior member of the team. You will have an experienced energy expert on hand at all times.

 

As you can see, energy is more than just a job for the team at NRG Expert – it is a way of life. This is why you can trust that the GEC will equip you with the highest level of knowledge and skill before you embark on your career journey into the energy market.

How Do the GEC Exam Dates Work?

The Global Energy Certification (GEC) is an online course designed to prepare you for a career in the energy industry. The course aims to broaden your skillset by equipping you with enhanced analytical skills as well as a solid understanding of the global energy market. The GEC is completed 100% online, which makes it easy to fit around your schedule and won’t cause you to relocate or waste money travelling to class every day.

 

The course was created by NRG Expert, an energy company who wanted to help energy industry hopefuls brush up their resumes so that they can impress in interviews. All of the course material was written by NRG Expert and access to these materials is included in the tuition fee, which is a one off payment of £330. This fee also includes the examination at the end of the course.

 

At the end of the online course, every student will be required to complete a two hour online exam. This exam will determine whether or not you pass the GEC course. The exam is in a multiple choice format and can be done on your computer from the comfort of your home. Participants are welcome to use their notes while they take the exam but anyone found to have cheated will have their qualification voided. If you do not pass the exam then you can re-sit it for a fee of £175.

 

Admissions to the GEC occur on a rolling basis. This means that you can join up at any time of the year. Once you have registered for the course, you then have 12 months to complete the course and take the exam. Don’t worry though, most people can complete it all within just a few months. If you don’t feel like you are able to complete the exam within 12 months, you must inform NRG Expert as soon as possible so that they can make arrangements for you to take the exam another time. If you do not let them know you may be charged £175 to sit the exam at a later date.

 

Once you have registered for the course, you must wait a minimum of six weeks before you can sit the exam. This is because six weeks is the minimum amount of time necessary to complete the required work – 100 hours of study of the manual and study guide. On the 10th of every month, students will have the opportunity to sit the exam. In order to sit and exam on the 10th you must have registered before the 1st of the previous month. For example, to take the exam on April 10th you must have registered by March 1st at the latest.

 

You are not bound to sit the exam in any particular month. This means that you can complete the course at your own pace and take the test when you feel ready – provided that this is within 12 months of registration.

 

The GEC is an excellent way to broaden your understanding of the energy sector and stand out as a candidate when you enter the job market. Not only does the qualification show your commitment to a career in energy, but it also gives you the confidence you need to walk into that interview room and blow your prospective employer away.

What Will the Impact of Brexit be on UK Oil and Gas?

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There is no doubt that the impact of Brexit is going to be felt in the UK oil and gas industry. Indeed, from the second the result was announced shockwaves were sent through every sector in the UK – more profoundly than anyone could have ever predicted. We are now almost two years on from that fateful results day and the future for the UK and its industries still looks as unclear as ever, despite the departure date being set for May 2019.

The first thing that could really impact the oil and gas industry is a reduction in the workforce if a hard Brexit goes ahead. 5% of the UK’s oil and gas employees are from outside of the EU and a further 5% are from EU countries outside of the UK. 10% might not seem a lot to lose but that 5% of EU employees holds around 50% of the managerial positions in the industry. Without these workers, critical projects could be severely delayed or scrapped altogether.

While the trade body is urging the Theresa May’s government not to go overboard with post-Brexit immigration requirements, it is likely that the UK’s withdrawal from the Single Market and Customs Union will negatively impact workers moving into the UK’s oil and gas industry.

With regards to the oil and gas products themselves, experts believe that the UK will become more and more dependent on imports to meet the country’s growing energy demand. By 2030, imports are likely to account for around 60% ok the UK’s oil and gas demand.

Looking at the industry’s supply chain and trade functions, the impact is likely to be great. Currently, the UK engages in about £73 billion worth of oil and gas related trade with the rest of the world. Once the UK leaves the EU and new trade agreements are created, the imposition of additional tariffs will have a seriously detrimental effect on the industry.

Hopefully, the UK will be able to negotiate the lowest possible tariffs with the EU and better tariffs with the rest of the world. This would reduce the current £600 million cost of trade per annum under EU rules to £500 million. However, this is a best case scenario. The worst case scenario is that the World Trade Organisation framework kicks in and the cost doubles to over £1 billion per year.

One area that Brexit is unlikely to touch is tax on oil and gas systems. These regulations have been enshrined in UK law for a long time and are not going to change. The EU has no remit over this area. Nevertheless, monetary policy is still worth examining, especially considering exchange rates are likely to carry on affecting trade once Brexit is finalised in May of next year.

There is a lot of uncertainty when it comes to the impact Brexit will have on the oil and gas industry in the UK. Yet, despite this, oil and gas investments in 2018 are forecast to be greater than the last three years combined. This shows that the industry is resilient in the face of its challenges and should be able to overcome anything Brexit throws in its path.

 

4 Facts about the Energy Industry

maxresdefault (5).jpgThe energy industry is one of the most fascinating and diverse sectors in the world. Ever-changing and developing at an increasingly fast rate, every day we hear about new discoveries being made as new processes are created and fine-tuned.

 

Energy touches us in ways we don’t even acknowledge on a day-to-day basis. Every time we switch on a light or google something or boil the kettle we are using energy. But, how often do we think about where this energy has come from or how it has ended up in our house? The energy industry covers everything, from the first drilling operations at a new well to the final stage as it is delivered into your household appliances.

With energy being so omnipresent in our lives, it is probably a good idea to know a bit about it, right? Here are some important facts about energy that will lay down the foundations for your understanding about the sector.

There are Five Main Energy-Consuming Sectors

 Where does all this energy that we produce go exactly? Well in the USA, energy consumption is divided into 5 main sectors. These are: electric power, residential, commercial, transportation and industrial. Electric power generally uses the most energy and this energy is used to create electricity, which is then consumed by the rest of the country, including the other four sectors mentioned above. The residential and commercial sectors tend to consume the least amount of energy.

One Wind Turbine Can Generate Enough Power for 1,400 Homes

 Renewable energy is a serious business and that is why people are pouring billions of dollars into developing renewable technologies. If we progress at the rate we would like to, we will be able to say goodbye to unclean energy in the foreseeable future. A green future would mean better air and water quality along with a huge number of other benefits.

Currently wind power is one of the strongest contenders for the renewable that will lead the way to this vision of a green future. Indeed, one wind turbine alone can generate enough energy for 1,400 homes. In 2017, China was building two wind turbines every hour!

In 2016, Portugal Ran Off Renewables Alone for 107 Hours

 2016 saw Portugal make history as it completed a 107 hour stint fuelling the country with nothing but energy generated by renewable sources. Since then, the renewables industry has gone from strength to strength. However, fossil fuels are still very much part of the equation. G20 countries offer fossil fuels subsidies of up to four times as much as is offered to renewables. Yet, renewables create around five times more jobs each year than fossil fuels so it is clear which way the sector is going.

At Any One Time 15 Trillion Watts of Power are Being Used

 For those not familiar with the concept of watts, 15 trillion watts is the equivalent of 10 billion 100-watt light bulbs all being used at the same time. As the population of earth continues to grow, so will its level of energy consumption. However, the hope is that smart technologies in the future will offset this increase and keep the planet from exhausting its resources or being damaged beyond repair.